Wordsmithing Magic from the Crossroads

R-W-S Tarot Seven of Wands young man in green tunic holding stave stands on edge of cliff prepared for battle

Weekly Tarot

June 10-16, 2024
Seven of Wands

You cannot pass….I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. You cannot pass. The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn. Go back to the Shadow! You cannot pass.
Gandalf the Grey, Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

Does it sometimes seem like we keep getting the same cards over and over? It does to me, too. Having just visited in November, this week’s challenger is back once more with its important gift of resilience and defending what matters most to us. Welcome back to the Seven of Wands.

With the Wands correlating to the suit of Fire and ruling our will, creativity, ego, and passion, we see a figure who is staunchly defending himself. And the Sevens of the Tarot are ruled by Saturn, so they often present lessons and challenges, as well as creating structure and boundaries.

With an expression of fierce determination, and although he is outnumbered, he stands on the edge of a precipice. This would seem to show he has a moral advantage, pointing to his integrity and valor. Despite the dramatic look of this scene, his adversaries are not able to reach him.

Balance In Difficulty

Much speculation has been given to the fact that he is wearing two different kinds of boots. He may not be perfectly attired for the task at hand, but how much do you think he cares at this moment?

Was he simply in a hurry to get dressed? Or is this a depiction of the slipper worn on the right foot in the Masonic initiatory rite for a First Degree “Entered Apprentice?”

Perhaps it is a way of depicting what we describe as “wearing different hats,” meaning that one has a variety of different roles and responsibilities to perform.

In addition, he is straddling what appears to be a small stream, not the easiest way to defend himself. If he is divided against himself, standing on the edge, or trying to protect two different causes, it is not going to be an easy time.

He also appears to be staring beyond the staves below him. What does he see? Perhaps he is discovering that when threatened with overwhelm, it is helpful to gaze beyond the immediate situation, and see the bigger picture.

The difficulties that come into our lives always have the potential to help us clarify what is and is not a real priority. Ready or not, we must react in the face of urgency or danger.

Squaring Off with Seriousness

Yesterday, after a fiery sojourn in his home sign of Aries since April 30, Mars traveled into the sign of Taurus, perhaps giving us a bit of a break from the extremes of drama and aggression. With a bit of an exception.

As Lorna Bevan tells us:

Make a note of June 9-11th when warrior Mars enters fixed sign Taurus and immediately squares up to take-no-prisoners Pluto in Aquarius. The mood turns serious as Sun/Mercury in Gemini squares Lord of Time and Karma Saturn in Pisces, while Venus squares slippery Neptune.

[Remember — the Sevens of the Tarot correspond to Saturn. – B.]

On the world stage, watch for threats or ultimatums when neither side will back down.

In your own life you have a choice:

Keep Michelle Obama’s words in mind: “When they go low, we go high”

The shadow side of Mars/Pluto is fighting for power through Strong Will- go higher and use Skillful Will instead, like an Aikido master

There is a high road and a low road. A muggle road and a magician road. A devil road and an angel road. An unconscious road and a conscious road. You don’t need to know more theory, you just have to feel more truth…..

When faced with unfriendly competition and even hostile confrontation, how do you respond? Many such events can come without warning. Cultivating the ability to receive an attack and harmlessly redirect it, a core precept of Aikido, must be practiced and mastered ahead of time, so that you are prepared.

Thus, strengthening our ability to remain calm and focused while under fire will stand us in good stead.

And speaking of Saturn, our brilliant friend Elisabeth Grace tells us:

Professor Saturn hasn’t finished its master class on strategy, structure, streamlining, and serious reality checks. Over the weekend, Saturn squared Sun-Venus in Gemini. Planets in Gemini reflect a need for information, cleverness, and entertainment. Gemini invented Trivial Pursuit (remember that game?). If you spent time over the weekend putting a few more controls on the flow of information to your inbox, you were intuitively responding to Saturn’s streamlining prompt…

This week, Saturn squares Mercury, suggesting hard facts, harsh truth and a sobering mindset.

Standing on the edge of a cliff and protecting boundaries is a sobering Seven of Wands mindset indeed.

A Slight Editorial Detour

In today’s column by indispensable treasure, Heather Cox Richardson, we learn the identity and agenda of one of the most important planners for a 2025 presidency of the convicted rapist and felon.

You might recall that in 2020, there was no explicit GOP platform, just all-out loyalty to the orange fascist and his acolytes. There is now a methodical program shaping up, and it is headed by Russell Vought, a hard-right Christian nationalist. Ms. Richardson writes that he is, “a key player in the construction of Project 2025, the plan to gut the nonpartisan federal government and replace it with a dominant president and a team of loyalists who will impose religious rule on the United States.”

Yes. Read that again. That is the plan, not hidden, but waving in our faces like Alito’s upside down flag.

And then, for the cherry on top, this from that paragon of human virtue (not!), Steve Bannon, who, “… recently praised Vought and his colleagues as ‘madmen’ who are going to destroy the U.S. government. ‘We’re going to rip and shred the federal government apart, and if you don’t like it, you can lump it,’ Bannon said.”

Nope, says the Seven of Wands.

No lumping, but instead a call to take the high ground and step up. If the core values of democracy – a government of ALL the people, by ALL the people, for ALL the people (and not just hetero white males) – matter to you, we must not back down. And we can’t simply float along and hope our vote in November will be enough. The stakes are too high. Our full commitment, action, and dedication are needed now.

Stand Your Ground

Whether we’re talking about the future of democracy in Europe and America, or our own personal situations, sometimes we are pushed to the edge. Testing times show who we are, for better or worse. If you have ever wondered, for instance, how entire nations of ordinary people could have supported the monstrous agendas of the Third Reich, you have only to look around you today, this minute. Unless you have been visiting some other galaxy and have no clue, I think we can all agree: we are there.

But the Seven of Wands can be a helpful guide for us. Sometimes, even if we feel out-maneuvered and ill-equipped, it is time for direct confrontation.

As we are now seeing, there are times when attempts at cooperation fail, especially when there is bald-faced dissembling and highly funded and organized lie machines spewing at us every day.

We must fight for the higher good. Our willingness to defend it with all our power illuminates the truth — both the virtue of what we value, as well as the agendas of those who are undermining it.

Thus, crisis times reveal strength of character, and the lack.

The True Heart of Courage

When someone tosses a bigoted joke or slur, what do you do? When you are faced with injustice or ignorance, how do you respond?

Under what circumstances would you come forward and lay it all on the line? On behalf of who or what will you act, even when you are alone and surrounded by criticism or negativity?

We must learn pragmatic remedies for ourselves when the world pushes us around, and threatens to drag us down.

How do you make a firm boundary to protect yourself from overwhelm? In what ways might you be confronted in your loyalties — particularly to yourself?

Know what your principles are, and please do not abandon fairness or compassion. Understand, too, those others who also feel attacked, compelled to defend their status quo, or some mythical “greatness” of long ago.

Be aware of your edges. What do you deeply care about, and what can you let go?

While we all have to pick our battles, times may come when we must respond to a challenge and defend who or what is more important to us than our own neck. We may not have a plan in place — simply the clarity that we must act.

If your heart is true, assert yourself. Defend what is necessary.

Success is not guaranteed, but it will never be ours when we cower behind some illusion of safely keeping quiet.

The only safety there can be if we are in battle (and make no mistake – like it or not, that is where we are) is when we are fiercely committed to opposing every threat. Shine with gutsy determination and stand firm for the Good.

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Leave a Comment

Anna June 10, 2024, 10:02 pm

Your commentary this week is so appropriate and simply brilliant. The card, the astrology, current events — your post just lays it all out, and it comes together perfectly. Kudos.

Beth June 11, 2024, 2:45 pm

Thank you so much, Anna. Your kind words mean so much. I am sure you can imagine the trepidation with which I hit “Publish” every week, and go through all kinds of self-doubt, etc. about how my words will be received.

So it really does mean a lot! to know that I get it right sometimes.
All in the service of the Higher Good to the best of my abilities. 💚

Marguerite June 11, 2024, 5:16 pm

Thank so much for this card is spot on with everything that is going on! I so appreciate the reminder to stay strong and focused on what is important along with the astrology aspect. Many thanks and blessings!

Beth June 11, 2024, 5:23 pm

And vast blessings to you as well, Marguerite. Together we are strong. 💚

nofixedstars June 11, 2024, 6:14 am

and yet again, this was a card i pulled twice yesterday…i found it very appropriate to my personal life, but perhaps it was indicating the bigger picture as well.

that russell vought is a horrible piece of work. NOPE, indeed.

i had to giggle when i saw the gandalf reference…whenever i see that scene in the PJ film, i think of this card. 🙂

Beth June 11, 2024, 2:46 pm

Right? It was so perfect, I couldn’t believe I never thought of it before. 🧙🏻‍♂️

Kathy June 11, 2024, 8:29 am

Thank you

Beth June 11, 2024, 2:46 pm

You are so very welcome, dearest Kathy. Courage to us all, dear one.

Deb June 11, 2024, 10:02 am

What a fabulous posting! Thank you so much for this. I feel reinforced.

Beth June 11, 2024, 2:47 pm

Lean in, when you need to. Heaven knows it’s all very exhausting, but luckily, unlike this card, we need not be the Lone Ranger. Blessings, Deb!

Cattarina June 11, 2024, 11:17 am

So true. Feeling all this so far this week. Questioning my dreams…. keep reminding myself, as far out as they are, and as impossible as they seem…. keep focusing on achieving them! I’m possible, I’m able to vision them into my reality. Stand up with the fire of dreams.

Beth June 11, 2024, 2:48 pm

Oooo! Beautifully said, dearest Cattarina! And so wonderful to see you! 💚

Otter June 11, 2024, 1:07 pm

This card comes at an interesting time in my life. I had a Sound Therapy session and a Soul Astrology Reading on Saturday. I am supposed to be taking care of myself and not everyone else first (Boundaries). I see the two shoes as physical and spiritual sides (am I feeding both?). So, this is a good card for me to ponder on.

Beth June 11, 2024, 2:49 pm

Wow, Otter. It sounds just exactly perfect. May your boundaries be sacred and blessed in every way you need. Much, much love to you.

~elen~ June 11, 2024, 1:56 pm

There’s an article from of all places Christianity Today that exposes the dangers of Christian nationalism. Since Christians won’t listen to “infidels” like me (and you?) they might pay attention to an article from a Christian magazine. It’s “What is Christian Nationalism?: by Paul D Miller and
I encourage everyone to share it with Christians they know, especially with church leaders.
Because they just might listen to this.

Beth June 11, 2024, 2:52 pm

Thank you for sharing this, elen! That is so important and it gives me hope that there are still Jesus-centric Christians that have not fallen for the fascist flavor.

I subscribe to John Pavlovitz’s substack. He is a former minister, and is just brilliant. He reminds his readers the very best of what the Christos preached.

The point of power
is always in
the present moment.

~ Louise Hay

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